Originally posted on Variety:
A judge who sided with James Cameron in a plagiarism suit over “Avatar” has refused to disqualify herself from the case.
Eric Ryder, who recently lost the suit, had sought to disqualify Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason due to her husband Paul Deason having allegedly served as an executive producer and unit production manager for Fox for the past six years. The filing alleged that the judge had not disclosed her husband’s business relationship with the studio during the proceedings.
But Bryant-Deason, in an order filed Oct. 23, concluded there were no grounds for disqualification because Fox is not a party to the litigation. She also wrote that she had told the parties that her husband was in the entertainment industry at an April 24 status conference and again during a July 2 conference call.